By Jimoh Babatunde
lagos—A lecturer at the Lagos State University, LASU, Dr. Sylvester Odion Akhaine, has said that the present fuel scarcity being experienced in the country was not the change Nigerians voted for, describing it rather, as structural violence against the populace.
The associate professor of Political science in a statement yesterday, said: “This is not the change that Nigerians voted for. But what is prevalent is a reinforcement of the status quo, underlined by corruption, hopelessness and the absence of political will.”
He noted that the perennial problem of fuel shortage in the hands of successive administrations including the present one, had been explained in ways that were not only senseless, but childish and laughable.
The chairman, Board of Trustees, Centre for Constitutionalism & Demilitarisation, who could not hide his consternation over the situation, said : “I am upset by the man-made sufferings that Nigerians are going through when they ought to be celebrating the Prince of Peace. They have become citizens of ‘low intensity’ in their own country by no fault of theirs.
“Indeed, it is difficult to extend sheer prayers to Nigerians amidst empirical evidence of their sufferings. Christmas, which means God is with us and the expression of the perfect restoration ‘of the presence of God’, has been violated by a rudderless, patriarchal and medieval administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“All over the country, fuel pumps are suddenly not running and the people who customarily use the period of Christmas for family re-union and other sundry merriments are unable to travel, as cost of transportation has consequently shut up with a general inflationary effect on goods and services.”
The university don blamed the state of private refineries on what he described as “ an elite consensus to keep Nigerians impoverished by denying them access to a natural endowment while aggrandising themselves.